Supervisory Criminal Investigator (ASAC)

Beltsville, Maryland
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 30, 2019
Full Time


This position serves as an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC) within Northeast Region in the Office of Investigations (OI).

There is only one position and the selectee will be assigned to one of the locations listed above.

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  • Assists in the directing and administering to a staff of special agents, investigators, investigative analysts, and other investigation support personnel in the conduct of investigation of criminal, civil, administrative, and training matters.
  • Oversees the conduct of official inquiries and assessments relating to the personnel, programs, and operations of the USDA throughout the United States.
  • Determines whether incoming allegations have investigative merit and recommends appropriate disposition, i.e. assignment to direct report staff members or referral to other investigative entities or closing without action.
  • Serves as first-line manager to ensure the administration of applicable aspects of policy development and/or revision and training as related to the Office of Investigations.
  • Provides liaison with other Federal Investigative and law enforcement agencies, to include internal and external stakeholders in the preparation of allegation and/or investigation related materials.
  • Participates in effecting arrests, search warrants, and/or surveillance activities; and is involved in the investigation of high-level government officials requiring great discretion and tact.
  • Formulates an internal strategic training plan promoting and reflecting the OIG and USDA strategic plans to encourage teamwork, innovation and the application of effective solutions to investigative and administrative problems.
  • Oversees the conduct of individual work assignments to determine completion of all OIG responsibilities to resolve allegations and sufficient cause is present to warrant closing the investigative file.
  • Assists in implementing regional and/or national administrative investigative priority initiatives, analyzes trends to anticipate investigative direction, is responsible for performance measurements, and assists in managing an office budget.
  • Responsible for the development of written reports and proposals affecting program planning, organizational improvements, relationships with other agencies and programs, and the economy of operations and decisions.
  • Provides presentations, briefings, or reports to the SAC and DAIGI, and other Senior USDA OIG and USDA officials including other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintains lines communication between field personnel and INV headquarters. Also assists in the oversight of the regional data inputted into the OIG?s electronic official system of records to ensure that entries are accurate and timely reported.
  • Exercises expert knowledge of OIG investigative operations, Departmental programs, responsible for coordinating / directing policy, planning, managerial activities; provides expertise about laws, regulations and OIG policy of impact.
  • Oversees projects of marked difficulty, responsibility, and sensitivity that require the exercise of tact, utilization of extensive experience, and various human resource skills.
  • Oversee special projects requiring a working group collaborative approach involving assigned administrative, operational, and investigative personnel and coordination with appropriate law enforcement agencies and various USDA agencies and programs.

Travel Required

75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret (TS) clearance. You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates
  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period
  • Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized
  • You must pass initial and periodic medical examinations
  • Selected applicants are subject to initial and random drug testing
  • Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required


Specialized Experience for GS-14 Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal government such as: Planning, conducting, coordinating, directing and executing difficult and complex criminal investigative functions, from planning and conducting fact-finding inquiries and, conducting investigative interviews, to reporting the results of investigations; Coordinating and planning investigations and investigative strategies; Analyzing investigative facts to arrive at sound conclusions; Coordinating, leading and directing policy, planning, managerial, training, operational and administrative activities, and exercising a thorough and expert knowledge of investigative and/or administrative support operations and activities; Providing direction, technical assistance, training, consultation and guidance to direct report staff on complex and sensitive criminal investigations and/or administrative inquiries, maintaining national and/or regional reporting procedures to ensure timely notification of incidents, notification of law enforcement units; Providing follow-up on investigative and/or administrative processes; Providing liaison to other law enforcement and Federal departmental agencies; Formulating and recommending policy and procedures promoting the development of the most effective and efficient investigative and administrative programs; Conducting or leading interdisciplinary teams in conducting special projects, and directing and managing the activities of direct report staff; and Ensuring compliance with a broad range of OIG, Departmental, and other Federal and business requirements, and developing internal administrative controls, guidance, and procedures.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F. Evidence of one year or more of specialized experience must be clearly documented in your resume.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information.
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.
  • Acknowledgement of Career Mobility is a condition of employment. You must be available for permanent reassignment to other regional or resident offices, as required by the OIG.
  • You must be able to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle and have and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • You must be able to complete successfully, or have completed successfully, the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, or its equivalent.
  • You must be no more than 37 years of age upon entry into the GS-1811 series, unless the applicant has previous service creditable under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement provisions sufficient to enable you to retire at age 57 with 20 years of creditable service. Persons already in covered secondary positions or persons with previous approved service who apply for a primary position cannot be considered if their age at reentry into the primary position exceeds 37 years after subtracting their years of service in covered positions. Applicant must provide evidence of current or previous coverage that would qualify. This age restriction does not apply to those entitled to Veteran's Preference.
  • You will be required to qualify to carry and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and maintain such qualification. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.
  • You will be required to participate in a multi-phase selection process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Partnering
  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting manager for consideration. You will be required to participate in a multi-phase selection process which may include interviews and an ability assessment. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

To review Questionnaire, please click here:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume (Required) that includes:1)personal information such as name, address, contact information;2)education;3)detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable);4)other qualifications.
  • Current and former Federal employees:
    • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
    • Most recent performance appraisal-Summary Rating Page AND All Accompanying Narrative Pages (Required): (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.

  • Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.

  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.
  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mos w/o a break between appointments of two+ years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment : Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
  • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority or an interchange agreement with another merit system not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Go to: USAJOBS Hiring Path for Special Authorities or Special Hiring Authority for more information.

Optional Documents

The following documents are optional for you to submit with your application.
    Cover Letter/Letter of Interest (optional) Proof of Certificate of Completion (As Applicable to Training Facility): Successful passing completion of the federal law enforcement leadership training or managerial training program(s) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, or its equivalent. Proof of Completion Certificate (Required As Applicable to Training Facility): Successful passing completion of the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, or its equivalent.

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